4 November 2016 – What happened?

The NHS Bill, presented by Margaret Greenwood MP (Labour, Wirral West), was scheduled for its Second Reading in Parliament on 4th November 2016.

Louise Haigh MP, Margaret Greenwood MP and Nic Dakin MP

Louise Haigh MP, Margaret Greenwood MP and Nic Dakin MP

Campaigners met outside the House of Commons in a rally of support. Over 100 individuals attended the non-stop rally – some went, some came. All got wet.

The rally was organised by Keep Our NHS Public and Health Campaigns Together on behalf of the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill.

Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick – co-authors of the NHS Bill – spoke to the campaigners, and Margaret Greenwood MP wrote a statement of support while she had to remain in the chamber.

The great turn-out outside the House of Commons was not matched by action inside, as the NHS Bill debate was postponed until Friday 24th February 2017.

The campaign continues. Please ask your MP to support the NHS Bill.

For a full picture – here’s a great compilation of many of the speakers at the rally (18 mins)



A big thank you to (take a deep breath) – Cornwall KONP, Ealing Save Our NHS, Fighting4GranthamA&E, Green Party (Bromley) with Larry Saunders, Green Party Health Spokesperson, Greenwich KONP, Hackney KONP, Hands Off Our Horton, Health Campaigns Together, KONP national, Lambeth KONP, Momentum, Oxfordshire KONP, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Save Our Hospitals – Hammersmith & Charing Cross, Save Our NHS, Save Wantage Hospital, South West London KONP, Sussex Defend Our NHS, Tower Hamlets KONP and all other individuals who came to support the NHS Bill.